Nigerian football got a big boost yesterday at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, as the cadet National Women team, the Flamingoes, booked a place in the U-17 World Cup slated for Azerbaijan later in the year after walloping their opponents, the Junior She-polopolo of Zambia 5-0 to qualify on a 7-1 aggregate.
The Nigerian ladies really meant business, following their first minute scoring through Patience Okaeme before Halimatu Ibrahim doubled the lead in the 13th minute to give the Flamingoes a comfortable lead into the half way mark.
Within just 10 minutes on resumption, hero of the match, Chidinma Edeji, scored first of her two goals before capping it with a penalty in the 62nd minute. Mabel Michael later took the game beyond the reach of the Zambians with the fifth goal a minute before regulation time.
Despite the clear-cut win, Flamingoes coach, Peter Dedevbo, said his team was not yet a World Cup one, promising that before the world showpiece, he would have overhauled the squad for more scintillating performances.
By Ojieva Ehiosun,Abeokuta